Friday 20 November 2015

Custom Luminaires for the New Port Promenade Hamburg

Bring­ing an out­stand­ing loca­tion in Ham­burg to life with light: the new port prom­e­nade, from the land­ing bridges to Hamburg‘s Old Ware­house Dis­trict

The Port of Ham­burg has a new prom­e­nade in a promi­nent loca­tion – the Inland Port/​Lower Port flood pro­tec­tion facil­ity between the land­ing bridges in St. Pauli and the Old Ware­house Dis­trict. The promenade’s dis­tinc­tive archi­tec­ture stems from the London office of Zaha Hadid and is brought to life at night by light from
a tech­ni­cal solu­tion designed by Schlot­feldt Licht using LED tech­nol­ogy by Selux.

The flood­wa­ter pro­tec­tion facil­i­ties in the Port of Ham­burg are grad­u­ally
being renewed, cre­at­ing urban plan­ning oppor­tu­ni­ties in defin­ing
loca­tions for the urban land­scape – like at the flood­wa­ter pro­tec­tion
facil­ity for Hamburg’s Inland Port /​Lower Port. Here one of the Port of
Hamburg‘s most impor­tant prom­e­nades forms a con­nec­tion between
the land­ing bridges in St. Pauli and the his­tor­i­cal port build­ings of the
Old Ware­house Dis­trict, which were recently included on UNESCO‘s list
of world her­itage sites. The build­ing sec­tion starts at Baumwall“ in the
direct vicin­ity of the Elbe Phil­har­monic Hall.

Ten­ders were invited to meet spe­cial urban plan­ning require­ments and
the award-win­ning design was sub­mit­ted by the London office of the
renowned Zaha Hadid Archi­tects. The extra­or­di­nary archi­tec­ture of
the stair­cases shown in the design, each con­nected to the prom­e­nade
in vary­ing dimen­sions, ensures a high qual­ity vis­i­tor expe­ri­ence and
aes­thetic appeal. To enable the light­ing effect and light mood to
effec­tively com­pli­ment such archi­tec­tural sophis­ti­ca­tion, Schlot­feldt Licht
pro­posed a light­ing solu­tion that was not based on stan­dard lumi­naires.

The light plan­ning for the flood­wa­ter pro­tec­tion facil­ity with its
prom­e­nade and stair­cases is clearly sub­or­di­nated to the strict­ness of the
archi­tec­ture. The stair­cases, whose appear­ance is inspired by wash-outs
in the sand, are empha­sised by direct light, while the upper prom­e­nade
is lit using reserved light. In order to realise the light­ing con­cept, light
plan­ners worked closely with all involved par­ties, the cus­tomer LSBGBSU,
Vat­ten­fall (now Ham­burg Verkehrsan­la­gen) and Selux. The tech­ni­cal
sup­port we received from Selux was a defin­ing factor in the suc­cess­ful
com­ple­tion of this extra­or­di­nary project,“ explained Volker Augener from

Based on the spec­i­fi­ca­tions in the design by Schlot­feldt Licht, Selux
devel­oped a project-spe­cific LED pole lumi­naire. Poles are mounted at
inter­vals of between 18 and 40m at heights of 6.5 m or 8.5m, with each
pole assigned to a stair­case, to which it is tilted at an incline of around
15°. All poles for a single stair­case system have a uni­form height and each
pole bears six piv­ot­ing LED lumi­naire heads, three with batwing light
dis­tri­b­u­tion and three with flood optics, enabling var­i­ous areas, shapes
and dis­tances to be illu­mi­nated dif­fer­ently. Each LED lumi­naire head is
equipped with its own, DALI-capa­ble driver, enabling a wide vari­ety of
light scenes to be pro­grammed via the rel­e­vant con­troller.

The highly com­pact lumi­naire heads are recessed into depres­sions in the
poles, which are tapered organ­i­cally towards the top end; their sur­face
cor­re­spond­ing in colour with the dark ground below. The design lan­guage
for the light poles is based on mar­itime asso­ci­a­tions such as ships‘ masts,
cranes or the stalks of reeds.

The way in which the stair­cases inter­sect alter­nately in the prom­e­nade
calls to mind small amphithe­atres. Uni­form illu­mi­na­tion would have
resulted in a sta­dium effect, which we wanted to avoid in the inter­est of
cre­at­ing a high qual­ity vis­i­tor expe­ri­ence,“ explained Light Plan­ner Tom
Schlot­feldt. For this reason the light poles were arranged so that they
create both bright and darker zones. The pole lumi­naires have already
been installed in the first sec­tion Baumwall” and the lumi­naire heads
pro­vi­sion­ally aligned.

The feed­back so far both from res­i­dents of Ham­burg and tourists has
been over­whelm­ingly pos­i­tive. With its seat­ing areas, the prom­e­nade
has been accepted as a key new vis­i­tor attrac­tion, to an extent that
(accord­ing to ini­tial esti­ma­tions) is even beyond the scope of our
expec­ta­tions,“ reports Tom Schlot­feldt. This is doubt­less also due to the
light mood and the high qual­ity tech­ni­cal real­i­sa­tion of the project, the
result of which project par­tic­i­pants are most cer­tainly highly sat­is­fied

Project par­tic­i­pants:
Con­struc­tor: LSBG (Lan­des­be­trieb Straßen, Brücken und Gewässer), Ham­burg
Archi­tec­ture: Zaha Hadid Archi­tects, London; Jan Hübener, Studio H2K, Ham­burg (until 2014 asso­ciate at Zaha Hadid Archi­tects, Ham­burg office)
Light plan­ning: Schlot­feldt Licht, Ham­burg
Other par­tic­i­pants: BSU (former author­ity for urban devel­op­ment and the envi­ron­ment, since 1st July 2015 split into the author­ity for urban devel­op­ment and living/​BSW and the author­ity for envi­ron­ment and energy/​BUE), Ham­burg Verkehrsanlagen/​HHVA
Prod­ucts: Selux LED light stele Ham­burg Lower Har­bour“ with 6 LED lumi­naire heads, 16W/3000K each, DALI con­trol devices

Novem­ber 2015

About Selux

The Selux Group is a lead­ing provider of sus­tain­able light­ing solu­tions
for both inte­rior and exte­rior appli­ca­tions. By acting sus­tain­ably, Selux
is able to main­tain high stan­dards when it comes to energy effi­ciency,
ergonom­ics and prod­uct design. Founded in Berlin in 1948, Selux is a
global com­pany which is oper­a­tional in Europe, North Amer­ica and
Aus­tralia, employ­ing 565 staff. In 2014 the Selux Group con­tin­ued its
steady suc­cess course in increas­ing its turnover by 8.9 % to 95 mil­lion
euros. Much of this growth was due to its USA plant (+ 31.4 %) and
Ger­many (+ 11.5 %).

At present, LED light­ing is respon­si­ble for more than 50% of the Selux
turnover, with this figure fore­cast to rise to 70% by the end of 2016,
thereby prepar­ing the way for a full changeover to dig­i­tal light­ing in the
near future. LED light enables addi­tional energy sav­ings due to intel­li­gent
con­trol sys­tems and it is in this area that Selux will be focussing its
devel­op­ment efforts in future. Some exam­ples of well-known projects
that Selux has been involved with in the past include the Park am
Gleis­dreieck in Berlin, the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, the Vieux-Port in
Mar­seille and the 911 Memo­r­ial in NYC.

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